Hong Kong - Quick escape to quiet beaches
Most people think of hustle and bustle, a big city, and crowds of people when they hear the name “Hong Kong.” But you can escape from the 7 million metropolis surprisingly quickly: some of the loveliest beaches are directly below the skyscrapers, and the slightly more remote bays and islands even offer an idyllic South Sea flair.
Take a walk, sunbathe, have a swim: what is probably Hong Kong’s most beautiful city beach is part of the exclusive Repulse Bay residential district – one of the most expensive areas in the whole city. The fine, half-moon-shaped strip of beach also houses a Buddhist shrine and a life-guard station built in traditional Chinese style. Those who want to shop or enjoy a nice dinner after a day on the beach can simply take a stroll through the classy mall nearby.
Repulse Bay: served by bus routes 6, 6A, 6X, and 260
Shek O Beach and Big Wave Bay:
Some of the best beaches are on Hong Kong Island, the second-largest island in all of Hong Kong. Whereas Repulse Bay can be reached comparatively quickly and easily, a trip to Shek O takes much longer. But this is compensated by the fact that this small town, hidden behind the range of hills known as the “Dragon’s Back,” has retained its rural charm. The beaches are wide and lined with simple snack bars and restaurants. A little bit further north we find Big Wave Bay, much loved by surfers.
Shek O: served by bus route 9
Lo So Shing Beach, Lamma Island:
No building here is more than three stories high, there are no private cars, and a population of barely 6,000. Although the third-largest island in Hong Kong, Lamma Island is one of those sleepy havens within the boundaries of the bustling metropolis. Remote Lo So Shing Beach is a lovely, almost secluded sandy beach that only attracts a notable number of visitors on weekends. A few trees offer some pleasant shade behind the strip of sand, and in the evenings, visitors like to head for the little town of Sok Kwu Wan, with its excellent fish restaurants.
Lo So Shing Beach: Take the ferry to Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma Island, then it’s about a half-hour walk.
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